Transitioning To Vegan Diet – 3 Top Items

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If there’s one thing I wish someone helped me with when I first went vegan… 

Making a vegan starter shopping list.

It would have made the transitioning to vegan process just that much easier!

A Crucial 1st Step In Transitioning To Vegan: The Vegan Starter Shopping List!

This is a crucial first step when transitioning to vegan diets and lifestyles. 

It can be a bit confusing if you don’t know where to start.

But don’t worry because I’ll save you some of the trouble.

In this article, I’ll guide you through making your vegan starter shopping list.

As a bonus, I will also give you a list of the top five vegan distributors in the US.

Trust me, your first vegan grocery shopping will be a breeze!

Especially if you choose to approach it from a positive mindset…leave lack behind and think of the abundance of new options out there. 

Allow yourself to learn where all these new items are too and you’ll find it quick and easy in no time! 

Making A Shopping List To Support Transitioning To Vegan Foods

Of course your vegan shopping list will greatly depend on your eating and cooking habits, so there is no one-size-fits-all vegan grocery list out there. 

Figuring out your go-to vegan meals will take some trial and error, and it’s entirely up to you. 

That said, this list is only to ease you into veganism and to introduce you to a variety of nutritious vegan food items that can substitute non-vegan meals. 

Include These Vegan Foods In Your Shopping List When Transitioning To Vegan Lifestyle

Here are some things you should include in your vegan starter shopping list:

  • Milk substitutes. This is especially important if you like your morning coffee, smoothie, or cereal. Instead of relying on powdered non-dairy coffee creamers (which are not always vegan), try almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, or coconut milk to name just a few. For baking, you can use almond, soy, hemp, rice or coconut milk.
  • Meat substitutes.  Beans, mushrooms, and tofu are popular meat substitutes that go well with a variety of dishes. If you’re craving burgers or deli meat, don’t worry because there are vegan “meat” products readily available. Beyond Meat, Gardein Fresh & Frozen Products, and Field Roast are some of my go-to brands.
  • Sweeteners. Sugar may seem vegan, but most white cane sugar are processed using bone char so you might want to stay away from white sugar. If you really prefer to use sugar though, try Zulka, a vegan sugar brand. For drinks, try using Unprocessed Stevia. For recipes, you can use organic maple syrup or date syrup.

Where To Go Vegan Shopping In The US

Vegan food products are no longer as inaccessible as they used to be.

So transitioning to vegan is a lot easier nowadays. 

Here are some vegan food distributors that will make crossing out your vegan starter shopping list a lot easier:

  • Trader Joe’s
  • Whole Foods
  • Target
  • Stop and Shop
  • Costco

Note that these stores are not exclusively vegan supermarkets… 

So you still have to be mindful of what you purchase. 

However, they carry a wide variety of vegan food brands and vegan food products.

You can be confident that you’ll have more vegan products to choose from. 

100% Vegan Food Distributers

If you want to visit 100% vegan food distributors, meanwhile, you can try the following:

  • Food Fight! Grocery in Portland, Oregon
  • Rabbit Food Grocery in Austin, Texas
  • Haymaker’s Corner Store in New York, New York
  • Vegan Bodega in New York, New York
  • Riverdel Fine Foods in Brooklyn, New York

Transitioning To Vegan Diets & Lifestyles Is Getting Easier Every Year...

With major supermarkets expanding their brands to cater to a growing vegan population, people who are interested in veganism find it easier to actually go vegan. 

I hope that this article has helped you in taking that first step towards veganism, too.